St. Thomas Aquinas’ Alex Lilly, Brandon Goldman earn swimming medals


Special to the Miami Herald

A number of Broward County swimmers won medals at the 2012 FHSAA Class 3A state meet on Friday.

St. Thomas Aquinas duo Alex Lilly and Brandon Goldman each won silver medals in their respective events. Lilly had an All-American Consideration time of :50.29 in the 100 fly. Goldman had an All-American Consideration time of 1:52.78 in the 200 IM. Both times were personal bests.

“I dropped about two seconds on my time,” Goldman said.

Goldman was close to winning the gold medal, but was passed by Palmetto’s Samuel Smiddy during the freestyle portion of the race. Trailing through the first 150 yards, Smiddy took a commanding lead after making the final turn.

“I was trying to stay as close to him as long as I could,” Goldman said. “I knew that if I would be anywhere near him it was good.”

Lilly’s 100 fly had a similar result as Goldman’s 200 IM. Nearing the wall, Lilly was passed by Smiddy, who won the race by seven one-hundredths of a second. The top-three places were separated by less than a quarter of a second, including Taravella’s Keegan Boisson Yates third-place finish. Boisson Yates, who just started swimming the fly at the start of the season, has dropped nearly six seconds throughout the year.

“I didn’t do so good in the prelims. I was really nervous,” he said. “It’s my senior year. I was just trying to do my best and coming out with third, I couldn’t be happier.”

Boisson Yates and Goldman tied for fifth in the 100 back. Both had All-American consideration times of :51.21.

Taravella’s Ilya Evdokimov placed third in the 100 breaststroke. Evdokimov, who returned to competitive have taking a three-year break last season, had a personal-best :57.47.

“I’m really excited about it,” Evdokimov said. “If I changed the last turn, I think I would have had a better chance competing with first place.”

Evodkimov, a junior, is motivated to return to the state meet next year.

“Last year I got 16th place [in the 100 breast],” he said.

On the girls’ side, Cypress Bay’s Emma Lincoln placed third in the 100 freestyle. Lincoln, who was seeded sixth in prelims, swam a person-best :51.68. Hampered by a slow prelim performance in the 200 freestyle during qualifying, Lincoln said she was extra motivated to reach the podium in the 100 free.

“I was dying to get on the medal stand. Last year, I got fifth,” she said.

In the diving completion, Western’s Alexa Elkins placed third, with a score of 4:26.10. Elkins was 20 points behind the winning score. Aquinas’ Jack Harrington placed fifth in the boys’ diving event.

In the team scores, St. Thomas Aquinas placed fifth in the meet with a score of 145.5. The Raiders placed top-five in the 400 free and the 200 medley relays.

•  Boys’ team results: 1. Boca Raton 285, 2. Palm Harbor 247, 3. Riverview 219, 4. Palmetto 153, 5. St. Thomas 145.5. Boys’ individual results (plus top Miami-Dade and Broward finishers) diving: 1. Joey Dowd, OLY, 525.10, 5. Jack Harrington, STA, 402.95. 200 medley relay: 1. 1:34.60, 5. St. Thomas 1:38.67, 6. Palmetto 1:39.27. 200 free: 1. Ryan McRae, PHAR, 1:37.67, 8. Francisco Parra, CB, 1:43.14. 200 IM: 1. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, 1:50.83, 2. Brandon Goldman, STA, 1:52.78, 5. C. Rodriguez, MB, 1:55.66. 50 free: 1. Jason McCormick, BR, :20.43, 8. Anthony Soto, CG, :21.51. 100 fly: 1. Samuel Smiddy, PAL, :50.29, 2. Alex Lilley, STA, :50.35, 3. Keegan Boisson Yates, TAR, :50.45. 100 free: 1. Jason McCormick, BR, :45.07, 5. Anthony Soto, CG, :46.58. 500 free: 1. Nazareno Boscaino, ELAK, 4:29.40, 7. Blake Manganiello, PAL, 4:42.64. 200 free relay: 1. Boca Raton 1:23.79, 6. Palmetto 1:27.49, 7. St. Thomas 1:28.20. 100 back: 1. Trista Sanders, PH, :49.62, 5. Brandon Goldman, STA, :51.21. 100 breast: 1. Matt Ankerholz, SMSA, :56.45, 3. Ilya Evdokimov, TAR, :57.47, 7. Juan Olano, SUN, :58.98. 400 free relay: 1. Boca Raton 3:05.00, 5. St. Thomas 3:12.05, 7. Palmetto 3:12.51. Girls’ team results: 1. Riverview 256, 2. Dr. Phillips 154, 2. Newsom 154, 4. East Lake 136, 5. Plant 131, 8 Palmetto 98, 10 Coral Reef 76. 1. Girls’ individual results (plus top Miami-Dade and Broward finishers) diving: 1. Abby Howell, EAST, 446.80, 3. Alexa Elkins, WEST, 414.10, 8. Gabriella Comunale, STA, 387.55. 200 medley relay: 1. Newsome 1:46.94, 3. Palmetto 1:49.35, 8. Coral Reef 1:54.23. 200 free: 1. Taylor Katz, RIVS, 1:47.26, 5. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 1:52.28. 200 IM: 1. Sydney Pickrem, ELK, 2:01.40. 50 free: 1. Angela Algee, DRP, :23.54, 5. Carla Robles, CR, :24.44, 6. Zoie Balthazar, SPL, :24.50. 100 fly: 1. Kayla Moran, LYM, :54.08, 3. Isabella Paez, REA, :54.45, 5. Maria Lopez, HG, :56.58. 100 free: 1. Maddie Hess, NEW, :50.88, . Daniela Johnson, PAL, :51.61, 3. Emma Lincoln, CB, :51.68, 6. Khamai Simpson, CR, :52.67, 7. Carla Robles, CR, :53.08. 500 free: 1. Taylor Katz, RIVS, 4:45.27, 6. Melissa Marinheiro, WB, 4:56.97. 200 free relay: 1. Dr. Phillips 1:36.62, 6. Palmetto 1:38.59. 100 back: 1. Maddie Hess, New, :50.01. 6. Marcella Marinheiro, WB, :58.25. 100 breast: 1. Alexan Donahue, PLANT, 1:03.81, 3. Daniela Johnson, PAL, 1:05.86. 400 free relay: 1. Riverview 3:28.78.


•  Cardinal Gibbons 42, Coconut Creek 0: Chiefs quarterbacks Ryan Giaratano and Peyton Bender combined for five passing touchdowns and their defense overwhelmed the Cougars as Cardinal Gibbons (8-2, 2-2 in district) blew out Coconut Creek (1-8) in a homecoming victory in front of about 800 fans at Cardinal Gibbons High.

Cardinal Gibbons receiver George Rushing hauled in three of those scores and finished with three receptions for 125 yards.

Ernesto Suarez

•  Northeast 62, Fort Lauderdale 24: Northeast (10-1) won its ninth game in a row, beating Fort Lauderdale (4-6).

Hurricanes running back Jamal Wallace ran for 255 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Wallace had 195 of his 255 yards in the second half.

Fort Lauderdale running back Kenja James ran for 123 yards on 12 carries and returned a kick 50 yards for a touchdown.

Mark Singer


•  Chaminade 5, South Broward 0: Erika Stanish goal. Mika Sheerin assist. Bridget Callahan 4 goals.

• University School 0, LaSalle 0: Gillian Newman third shutout. US 2-1-3.

• American Heritage 3, McCarthy 0: Jamar Champion-Hinds 2 goals. Mikaeal DeSilva goal.

• Pine Crest 2, Marathon 2: Jordyn Elliot goal. Isabelle Turner goal. PC 1-1-2.

• Pines Charter 6, Key West 1: Kayla Faulkner 2 goals, assists. Emely Sosa 2 goals. Alexis Nowak 2 goals, assist. PPC 6-0


• Sagemont 2, Posnack 0: Jesus Ablan 1 goal and 1 assist. Brynne Martinez goal. Reinaldo Marquez shutout. SAG 2-1-0.

• Westminster Academy 4, FAU High 1: for WA: James Scassera 2 goals. Jesse Bibbee and Jeremy Spangler goal.

• Miami Country Day 6, Coral Springs Christian 1: Eduardo Macedo 2 goals. Luis Jara 2 goals. Rafi Kassin goal. Connor Quinton goal. MCD 3-0.

• Ransom 3, University School 1: Fran Carrera-Juspiz goal. David Goldstein goal. Gaby Paniagua goal. RE 3-0.



Blanche Ely vs. Dillard (Lockhart), 7


Class 1A state tournament at Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center -


Region 3-8A final: Boca Raton at Western, 2

Region 4-7A final: St. Thomas Aquinas at Royal Palm Beach, 2

Region 4-6A final: Archbishop McCarthy at Fort Myers, 2

Region 4-4A final: Chaminade at Miami Ransom, 2

Region 4-3A final: Calvary Christian at Miami Westminster Christian, 2

Region 4-2A final: Sheridan Hills Christian at Miami Westwood Christian, 2


Region 3-4A at South County Region Park – Girls: 8:30 a.m.; Boys: 9:15 a.m.

Region 4-3A at Stuart South Fork – Girls: 8:30 a.m.; Boys: 9:15 a.m.

Region 4-1A at Westminster Academy – Girls: 9 a.m.; Boys: 9:45 a.m.


Pine Crest at Ransom Everglades, 1

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